While in Savigny les Beaune I also met with more courtiers (brokers) that assured me that getting 1er Cru fruit and above is quite likely in this economic landscape. I have been looking at a few very interesting vineyards in both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. One vineyard in Nuits Saint George is quite interesting. The vineyard lies on the side nearest Vosne Romanee, very rocky soil, certified organic, vine age of around 45 years old generally and the owners flat out know what is best for the vines and soil. The vineyard is Village level, though the wine should be fairly interesting. I also checked out a 1er Cru in Aloxe-Corton in bold reddish orange soil, huge stones laying on the topsoil, peaking through and buried a good way below. The vines are said to be just a bit older than those at the NSG parcel I viewed just before. It’s not certified organic, but this is the first year they have been doing things organically, and the soil has been responding well with a bunch of topsoil growth.
While we were in the vineyards, the courtier stayed in the car due to a bit of rain making the soil damp. It was interesting to see how the different soils reacted to the same rains. Holding the soil in your hands on a less than perfect day gives you a better idea about what you are working with than simply looking at a photo or asking someone what they saw while visiting the site. I’m digging in deeper to see what else can turn up. Once I have my negociant number setup I will be able to access more fruit options. This should take possibly two more months.